In modern day politics, there is absolutely no lag time between campaign cycles.
In fact, in the hours before election results begin rolling in Tuesday night, one U.S. senator will be collecting checks for his 2016 reelection.
A wealthy Missouri couple is holding a fundraiser at their home in honor of Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) as anxious donors wait to find out whether Blunt will be a member of the new GOP Senate majority.
As of the end of the third quarter, Blunt had about $1.8 million in his campaign coffers. A respectable amount, but not nearly enough cash if your race ends up being competitive. (Though Blunt’s office says that’s a huge haul compared to where other Missouri senators had been two years out from their re-elections.)
Of course Blunt and other 2016 incumbents raise money well before their cycle officially begins. Just last weekend, Blunt invited friends (a.k.a. lobbyists) to join him on Kiawah Island, S.C. for a stay (fundraiser) at a luxury golf resort, according to Sunlight Foundation’s Party Time data.
But after Tuesday, their fun really starts. Wasting little time once the starter pistol signals the 2016 cycle, Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) is spending a weekend with donors at the luxury resort The Greenbrier in West Virginia on Nov. 14-16, Sunlight records show.
And if you thought 2014 was a crazy year for Senate races, there are so many swing-state senators up in 2016, including Republicans in Obama-won spots, such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois. And Majority (Minority?) Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) also faces what is expected to be a tough reelection.
Happy almost 2016!